Show Summary Details

Page of

PRINTED FROM OXFORD HANDBOOKS ONLINE (www.oxfordhandbooks.com). © Oxford University Press, 2018. All Rights Reserved. Under the terms of the licence agreement, an individual user may print out a PDF of a single chapter of a title in Oxford Handbooks Online for personal use (for details see Privacy Policy and Legal Notice).

date: 23 February 2019

Abstract and Keywords

This section examines the peacekeeping experiences of the United Nations in the years 1948–63, with particular reference to seven operations undertaken in the Middle East, South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, and the Pacific during that period. It first looks at the emergence of peacekeeping as a significant, albeit limited, part of the central UN responsibility to ‘maintain international peace and security’ before turning to the first ad hoc deployments of uniformed personnel to meet immediate demands in terms of managing international conflict based on three defining characteristics: neutrality, consent, and the use of force only in self-defense. It then considers the critical challenges to UN peacekeeping before discussing its widening scope, especially in its extension from a purely observational and interpositionary technique to the provision of ‘national’ security in the context of the UN’s temporary administration of disputed territories.

Keywords: Peacekeeping, United Nations, Middle East, South Asia, sub-Saharan Africa, Pacific, international peace, international conflict, use of force, national security

Access to the complete content on Oxford Handbooks Online requires a subscription or purchase. Public users are able to search the site and view the abstracts and keywords for each book and chapter without a subscription.

Please subscribe or login to access full text content.

If you have purchased a print title that contains an access token, please see the token for information about how to register your code.

For questions on access or troubleshooting, please check our FAQs, and if you can''t find the answer there, please contact us.